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A Study Of I Corinthians 13


I. Introduction:

A. Many use I Corinthians chapter 13 in weddings, etc.  The context of this chapter is about spiritual gifts (I Corinthians chapters 12, 13, and 14).

1. It must be noted that applications can often be made regardless of context (I Corinthians 10:1-11).

2. Some Scriptures stand in or out of context (i.e. Titus 3:7).

3. Yet, you must also be careful to rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15).

B. The church in Corinth had lost sight that miracles were for a purpose other than obtaining “status” (I Corinthians 14:26).

1. The purpose of most spiritual gifts was to confirm the authenticity of the message (Mark 16:15-20 and Hebrews 2:3-4).

2. The balance of the purpose of spiritual gifts, including edifying the saints, was being abused (I Corinthians 14:14-24).


II. Body: Faith, love and charity have outlasted the imperfection [incomplete] of the miraculous age (I Corinthians 13:1-13).

A. Speaking in tongues, prophetic ability, miraculous knowledge, miraculous faith to move mountains, and helping the poor are meaningless without charity [love] (I Corinthians 13:1-3; cf. I Corinthians 8:1).

1. Consider some things about charity [love] that all saints must have (I Timothy 1:5), which applies like this:

a. What good were miracles if they weren’t showing love through obedience (John 14:15)?

b. Helping needy saints is great (II Corinthians 8-9), but what if not done in brotherly love since the two are tied together (I John 3:14-20)?

c. What a shame to do works that will not profit you (Isaiah 57:12)!

2. This command is: “Let all your things be done with charity” (I Corinthians 16:14).

3. Love is obviously the root of all good works (Colossians 3:14).

B. Some characteristics of charity [love] (I Corinthians 13:4-7).

1. Love is longsuffering (Ephesians 4:1-3).

2. Love is kind (Ephesians 4:32).

3. Love does not envy (I Corinthians 3:1-3).

4. Love does not vaunt [boast] itself (James 4:16).

5. Love is not puffed up (Colossians 2:18).

6. Love does not behave unseemly (I Corinthians 7:35-36 – “uncomely” only other time Strong’s # 807 appears).

7. Love does not seek her own (I Corinthians 10:33).

8. Love is not easily provoked (Proverbs 14:17).

9. Love does not think evil (Philippians 4:8).

10. Love does not rejoice in iniquity (Psalms 119:136 and Philippians 3:18).

11. Love rejoices in truth (II John 4).

12. Love beareth all things (Galatians 6:2).

13. Love believeth all things because one does not exist without the other (I Thessalonians 5:8).

14. Love hopeth in all things, which was given supernaturally then through the Spirit (Romans 5:5).

15. Love endureth all things (James 5:11).

C. Miracles were temporary (I Corinthians 13:8-12).

1. The Holy Spirit gave these spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 12:3-11, Matthew 10:16-20, Mark 13:11, Acts 2:4, Acts 19:6, and I John 2:27).

2. The Holy Spirit was given TWICE through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 11:1-18), which has ended (Ephesians 4:5 and I Peter 3:20-21).

3. The Holy Spirit was also given through the laying on of an Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:12-24 and Acts 19:1-7) and there are no Apostles now (Acts 1:22 and I Corinthians 15:1-8).

4. The completed revelation is the “that which is perfect” that ended the age of miracles and spiritual immaturity (II Timothy 3:16-17).


III. Conclusion: Faith, hope, and the greatest called charity remain (I Corinthians 13:13), while spiritual gifts have passed.


*** Love is the greatest because doing all of God’s will begins and ends with love (Mark 10:28-30, I John 4:7-9, and I John 5:2-3).




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